My parents' flight got in an hour before Emma and Tyler got home from their LAST day of school. All day Sadie was so excited and kept asking to go to the airport. That morning we went to see Emma get all her awards at school, then came home to get ready for grandma and papa.
Wow, we sure stayed busy. The first night they were here Spencer took the kids to watch Tyler's tournament baseball game and I took my parents to the Bud Walton arena in Fayetteville to see Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Hearing "Sweet Home Alabama" was definitely the highlight and everything else was pretty much just "noise." I learned that heavy rock is not my type of music. And those dudes are OLD. My mom and I realized that if we plugged our ears we could actually hear the music. :) (On another note, Train performed the night before, and I took Emma and some friends and it was SO good.)
The next day we got up and drove to Branson to go to Silver Dollar City. It was one of the days I had free guest passes for, and my kids love an amusement park. And the drive there is beautiful, albeit pretty long. We had to leave by 3:45 to get Tyler back before his game at 6 so we packed it in.
Reese introduced all the performers they had. When she first introduced Brian McKnight, I thought, "Hmmm, he is a 'has-been.'" He had a few hits when I was almost out of high school. But he was good! The next performer she announced was Ricky Martin! That was a fun little flashback as well! He is also a great performer. The next person she announced was Mariah Carey, and I couldn't believe it! I have always heard what a diva she is.
She did a few songs including "Always be my Baby."
Anyway, the rest of the day we just hung out. Tanner had a game that night, his second to last...
On Saturday Tanner had his LAST game at noon, so we went prepared to go immediately out on the boat. We stopped to pick up ice and food after, and headed to the lake. It was HOT and the water felt awesome. We had to jump in quite a bit. We took turns on the tube and Papa ski'd and Emma sorta did the skis and Tyler tried to wakeboard... it was great.
Sunday was nice and it actually WAS a day of rest.
On Monday we decided to explore Tanyard Creek; we had tried to go a few times before but it had been closed. I didn't know how much there was to do so we packed swimsuits, not knowing if we would need them.
On Tuesday we did the Crystal Bridges trails (the museum was closed) and went to the splash park. Then we relaxed. We were all tired and winding down.
I should mention the HOURS my mom spent upstairs pitching balls to Tanner, who became quite the ping pong baseball player. It is so refreshing to have FUN grandparents who just play and play and play.
Everyone was so sad when we took them to the airport. We came home after that and all crashed. :) Sadie has been asking me for a few days if "Papa Gamma come back Sadie house." Tanner needs his baseball buddy. We had so much fun discovering new parts of Arkansas with family here.